Master Class: The War in Ukraine and the Struggle Against Authoritarianism

Hosted by Chapman University

Chapman Family Homecoming

Saturday, October 1, 2022 | 2:00 pm


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Register to see our own Programs Co-Chair, Dr. Kyle Longley, present on the war in Ukraine and its overall impact on global political structures!

The February 2022 invasion of Ukraine by Vladmir Putin shocked many people, but it should not have
done so. The former KGB leader clearly had imperialist designs to rebuild the former Russian Empire
that existed before 1918 and expanded during the Soviet Union. But, it became very clear that his
Ukrainian allies clearly misinformed his intelligence agencies about the strength of Ukraine’s
democracy, leadership, and military. The conflict continues, having a dramatic impact on the flow of
food and oil and likely will not end anytime soon.

Many Americans want to understand the conflict. This presentation will explain its historical origins in
the Russian Empire and continuing through the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the transition to
democracy in Eastern Europe. The war appears far from over, so it remains imperative that
Americans and the world continue to try to comprehend the war and its impact on many parts of the